Our Services

Home inspections can help you buy or sell your home with confidence. Our trained professionals have seen it all. Therefore, we’ll provide invaluable help in turning you into a knowledgeable consumer. We are there to identify any on going problems in addition to highlighting the signs of any problems in the past, which could be disguised. It is important to buyers to have recommendations to prepare for preventative measures to avoid costly repairs. For sellers it is important to understand the conditions a buyer may point out, whereby our suggestions can improve the conditions for the sale.


Buyers Inspection
Information is the priority for the buyer. In matters of both new and older homes there are a variety of building materials, construction methods and technologies that are indigenous to any particular era or history of the construction industry. Our inspectors bring this data to light. For instance, in a case of technology…In the past stucco was a popular exterior cladding. Now some contemporary buildings may have employed the use of a synthetic product called Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS). Historically, it had its problems in the beginning. Mostly due to poor installations. Some contractors tried to treat it like its predecessor. Some have even tried to use it as a repair for stucco. THE RESULTS ARE NOT LASTING!!!! Even though some unknowing contractors still persist today. In a case of older homes for example, the structure may have been expanded by building an addition. Are the electric, plumbing and heating systems at capacity? This may be why there are double tapped circuit breakers, or not enough forced air in the ductwork, etc.

There is no such thing a perfect. Therefore, a newly constructed home deserves the scrutiny of a knowledgeable eye. There may not be major defects at first glance, but there may be cases…if they’re not identified early….it could be a nuisance to you and your wallet. An example could be, the insulation in the attic, which is important of course. Is it thick enough to support a handsome heat transfer factor? Is it rate as much as R-30 to contain the heat or cool air in the living area below? Is there a moisture barrier to arrest condensation? In the long run, spending more money to heat or cool the house could be major. Also, condensation build up well eventually take its toll. Other examples could be: are the circuits grounded? Are the bath room exhaust fans discharging in the attic or outside. Is the exterior terrain directing “rain run off” away from the house? Is the high efficiency furnace condensation discharging in a safe area?
New homes are built almost air tight. Positive and negative air pressure becomes an issue if you have gas appliances. (call us and we’ll fill you in) See our Inspection Overview for more details.

Sellers Inspection
A plan and direction is important to the seller. Whether you are selling the house yourself or employing the use of a realtor, its always important to have the knowledge of the professional inspector at hand. All homes have strengths and weaknesses; we help confront those serious issues requiring immediate attention. In addition we will take you out of the forest so that you can see the trees. Because you walk the same trails ever day and may not notice the cracks in the masonry or the moss build up on the roof where its hard to see because the sun is blocked by the trees. You may have an old house that has been upgraded from galvanized pipes to cooper pipes. But you may be unaware the upgrade was not 100%. Galvanized pipes could still be in place at hard to reach areas and appear to have mineral build up at the joints. This is a sign of deterioration and a sure leak in the near future (could be exhibiting a slow leak at present). These are items the buyer’s inspector may find that will impact the transaction. However, if you know before hand you can develop a plan of action. See our Inspection Overview for more details.

Construction Inspection
We offer two services in this area. One service provides on site inspection from start to finish of a project. The other is a pre-dry wall inspection.
In the first case we develop a quality assurance program which follows the structure of the specifications for the project. The specifications define the intended goals of the materials and quality of work incorporated into the finished product. We will make sure these intensions are established in the work by over looking the assembly from start to finish. In essence we become a part of the construction management team. In a pre-dry wall inspection, we essentially provide a report when the ongoing work as it reaches the stage before closure of the internal working systems such as the electrical, heating and ventilation, plumbing etc.

Environmental Hazards
Our job as your professional home inspector is to alert you, to the extent possible, to unknown problems and potential environmental hazards in your current or potential house. Ours is a non-invasive visual inspection of your property which can alert you to possible problems. See our Environmental Hazards page for more information.

We inspect for these hazards and provide sample testing at your request:

  • Asbestos: Asbestos material that crumbles easily if sawed, scraped, or sanded into a powder is more likely to create a health hazard because it can be inhaled into the lungs, increasing the risk of disease. See Asbestos FAQ.

  • Carbon Monoxide: Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell the toxic fumes, CO can kill you before you are aware it is in your home. See Carbon Monoxide FAQ.

  • Lead: Lead is a highly toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes. In general, the older a home, the more likely it has lead-based paint. See Lead FAQ.
  • Lead paint:
  • Lead in water:

  • Mold: There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture. Molds can produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances. See Mold FAQ.

  • Radon: Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas found in soils, rock, and water throughout the U.S. Radon is a threat to health because it tends to collect in homes, sometimes to very high concentrations. See Radon FAQ.

  • Termites or other wood-destroying organisms: These pests cause serious damage to wooden structures and posts and can also attack stored food, household furniture, and books. See Termite Facts.